To monitor how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Zambia’s economy and people and to inform interventions and policy responses, the World Bank designed and conducted a rapid phone-based Household Monitoring Survey (HMS). This dataset is from the first round of this survey, and was conducted between June 5 and June 26, 2020.
The Zambia COVID-19 Household Monitoring Survey monitors the economic and social impacts of and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic on households in terms of such topics as access to food staples, access to educational activities during school closures, employment dynamics, household incomes and livelihoods, income losses and coping strategies, and external assistance. The Round 1 dataset covers around 1,600 households and is representative of households with access to a mobile phone nationally and of Lusaka, urban excluding Lusaka, and rural areas.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
The survey is representative of the population of Zambia that lives in an area of cellphone reception and has access to a cellular phone.
Producers and sponsors
Poverty and Equity Global Practice
World Bank Group
World Bank Group
The HMS sample consists is drawn from a masterlist of phone numbers that have been collected during previous nationally-representative surveys in Zambia. The subsample of interviewed households is representative of those households with access to a phone, covering Lusaka, other urban and rural areas in all provinces of Zambia. The HMS achieved a sample size of 1,602 households, covering all provinces (as in the figure above) with 31 percent in Lusaka, 16 percent in Copperbelt and 10 percent of fewer in the other eight provinces.
Sample weights were constructed by first adjusting for the probability of being selected from the masterlist. These weights were then poststratified by urban/rural location, sex and province. Phone penetration rates in Zambia are around 70 percent, though this number is lower in rural areas. This also means that we gather data from households that are systematically different from those that do not own a mobile phone. Phone owning households are better off in terms of total consumption, educational attainment, access to improved water and sanitation, access to assets, and access to electricity. The sample of the HMS is therefore only representative of households who have access to phones in Lusaka, other urban and rural Zambia.
Dates of Data Collection
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Public Use Files
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
the Identification of the Primary Investigator
the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
the survey reference number
the source and date of download
Poverty and Equity Global Practice, World Bank Group. Zambia COVID-19 Household Monitoring Phone Survey (HMPS) 2020, Round 1. Ref:ZMB_2020_HMPS_v01_M. Downloaded from [uri] on [date].